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UN/ISDR: Drought Risk Reduction Networks Discussed at CSD16 [viewed]

7 May 2008: The UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) intervened during the discussion of “drought” at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which convened in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. The UN/ISDR delegation highlighted that regional and sub-regional networks that address drought risk reduction exist or are in the process of being formed, although their establishment has not been as successful as desired due to “overlapping political jurisdictions, differences in the types of participants and policy issues in each region, varying degrees of interest among potential regional participants, and different implementation timelines.”

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DESA: Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Addresses Inter-linkages among CSD Thematic Issues [viewed]

14 May 2008: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addressed the Ministerial Roundtable on Inter-linkages among the Thematic Issues, Including Adaptation to Climate Change, at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development held from 5-16 May 2008 in New York, US. During the 14 May discussion he asked, “if we agree that climate change is impacting, and will further impact, agricultural production, what are we doing in terms of adaptation?”

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FAO Stresses Link between Soil Health and Drought Mitigation [viewed]

Fao9 May 2008: Speaking during the UN Commission on Sustainable Development's thematic discussion on inter-linkages and across-cutting issues, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underlined the link between soil health and drought mitigation. The FAO representative noted that the world's agriculture must not only guarantee food security, but also “a range of other supporting and regulating ecosystem services, in particular nutrient cycling, the hydrological regime and carbon sequestration.”

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‘Billion Tree Campaign' Blossoms to Seven Times its Size [viewed]

Btc13 May 2008: The UN's “Billion Tree Campaign,” a grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced it has raised its target from one billion to seven billion trees. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a response to the threat of global warming and other sustainability challenges related to biodiversity loss and water supply.   Since its launch, the campaign has resulted in the planting of two billion trees, over half of which have been planted in African countries.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Emphasizes Drought Preparedness and Management Along with Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems [viewed]

Luc_gnacadjaIn his statement to mark 2008 World Meteorological Day, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja emphasized the increasing frequency of extreme weather and climate events, including droughts and water scarcity, and highlighted that “Desertification, land degradation and drought are strongly linked to climate change, soil degradation and biodiversity.”

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FAO Stresses Climate Change Implications for Agriculture in the Near East [viewed]

FaoA new report released at the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (1-5 March 2008) in Cairo, Egypt, finds that agriculture in the Near East is likely to suffer losses because of high temperature, droughts, floods and soil degradation threatening the food security of many countries.

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IFAD Governing Council Considers Farmers' Challenges in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

Degradation1The Thirty-first Governing Council Session of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) focused on challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in the context of climate change and new demands on agricultural production, including the rising cost of commodities.

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FAO unveils new bioenergy assessment tool [viewed]

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The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a new decision-support tool to ensure that countries can enter the rapidly growing field of bioenergy industry to produce benefits for the poor without jeopardizing their food security.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification [viewed]

Un_secretarygeneral_ban_kimoon In a message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification, held Beijing, China, from 22-24 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the “impact of desertification is intensifying due to climate change, which is reducing the availability of freshwater, fertile soil, and forest and vegetation.”

The Secretary-General said the Conference offers a timely opportunity for combating climate change and achieving sustainable development in areas affected by land degradation.

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The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions releases brochure on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation [viewed]

Cbd_logo The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions (the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on Climate Change, and Convention to Combat Desertification) has issued an information brochure on the important contribution of forests to the achievement of their respective goals and objectives.

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